4 Pre-hispanic places in Mexico
From food and beaches to pre-Hispanic ruins, your trip to Mexico can be anything you want, but we have to give some credit to our ancestors, thank to them we have all this history, culture and beautiful traditions to brag about, so in your visit to Mexico, you have to at least visit one of these pre-Hispanic ruins.
One the closest places to Chichén Itzá is Valladolid, the widely known pyramids and Mayan City has around 1.2 million visitors a year. The place is mostly famous during the spring and autumn equinoxes, while the sun is setting you can see a snake going down the pyramid of Kukulkán, the crowd gathers hours before the sunset is scheduled to get the perfect view of this show. The city of Chichen Itzá has 17 beautiful buildings, but the pyramid of Kukulkán is the biggest one and the most popular.
Located in the state of Yucatán, its capital, Mérida is a colonial city, full of great architecture, hotels, bars, restaurants and just an hour drive away you can find Uxmal’s archaelogical site, which was a mayan city during the classic period. The city reached a total of 25,000 inhabitants and the buildings show the fascination of the mayan community with the astros and Chaac, the God of the rain.
In the middle of a tropical jungle, you find the archaeological place of Palenque, home of the Mayans as well, but considered a medium size city compared to bigger ones like Tikal. Most of the structures are still covered by nature, Palenque is considered the most important ceremonial place of Mayan culture, only 8 km from the city of Palenque in Chiapas.
Monte Albán is a name you want to remember when visiting the state of Oaxaca or the capital city with the same name. Monte Albán was the capital of the Zapotec empire, and ancient city is big, really big, there are pyramids, courts and stone figures called ¨danzantes¨. Monte Albán was one of the most important Mesoamerican cities and maintained strong relationships with Teotihuacán.